All 2017 iPhones Will Have Lightning Connectors with USB-C Fast Charging

Posted by Megalith 3:10 PM (CST)

Thursday March 02, 2017

It turns out that the Wall Street Journal’s report about USB-C on new iPhones may be total bunk, as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in about Apple sticking with Lightning for their next iPhone. This is believable, as the fruit company is all about the proprietary. Kuo suggests that Apple is going forward with a Lightning port because it is "slightly slimmer" than USB-C (whew!).

We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port). A key technical challenge lies with ensuring product safety and stable data transmission during a fast charge. In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple will adopt TI's power management and Cypress's Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models. We note the OLED version may have a faster charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design.